Port Coogee

Almost 30 years since its initial design inception, Port Coogee continues to evolve.


Port Coogee Marina drone image
Port Coogee Marina drone image

The Goal

Port Coogee (originally known as Port Catherine) has a long and colourful history commencing in the early 1990s. It took some 15 years of planning and negotiations to launch Port Coogee from a Special Industry site, containing abattoirs, fellmongers, skin drying sheds, fish processing and bloodlines – to the beautiful coastal urban village of today.

Our Role

TBB is responsible for town planning and urban design including; Structure Planning and amendments, Subdivision design and approvals, Design Guidelines, Local Development Plans and Built Form Codes.

The formal process, started in 1998, when TBB negotiated key milestones such as the delivery of the Port Coogee Local Structure Plan (including various minor amendments), MRS Amendment request and Town Planning Scheme Amendment.

Ongoing we have continuously refreshed the framework and negotiated all land development and built form approvals.

The Outcome

TBB led the formulation of the Port Coogee Marina Village Built Form Codes, adopted by the City of Cockburn, for development within the Marina Village precinct. The Codes provide greater detail to ensure adequate control over development to achieve quality and desirable built form outcomes. The Codes are a significant innovation and commitment to achieving the development vision to create a contemporary residential seaside village experience.

Port Coogee is now a unique, high quality, iconic master-planned coastal community. The estate provides for a range of living opportunities at various densities, including approximately 800 lots and 1,100 apartments, 11ha of public open space/community space and a public marina designed for 300 pens. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the Marina Village, encompassing approximately 12,000 square metres of commercial and retail floorspace, which is only now starting to take shape with the recent opening of the Woolworths Supermarket and major apartment developments recently completed.

Almost 30 years since its initial design inception, Port Coogee continues to evolve, constantly re-inventing itself to capture contemporary changes while remaining loyal to the vision as an exceptional coastal urban village.


Property Council of Australia’s National Innovation and Excellence Awards (2013): Best Master Planned Community
UDIA (WA) 2013: Urban Water Excellence
UDIA (National) 2012: Residential Development and Environmental Excellence
UDIA (WA) 2011: Residential Development over 250 Lots, Presidents Award and Environmental Excellence

Quick Facts

  • Location
    City of Cockburn
  • Site Area
    86 hectares
  • Land Use
    Waterfront Promenade
  • Key Features
    2300 dwellings, 11000sqm retail & office, 300 boat pens

Project Team

Lex Barnett
Practice Fellow

Mark Bancroft

Katherine Shirley